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Aug 18
YVCC’s has openings in the Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

Yakima Campus – YVCC is currently enrolling students for the Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC). Classes begin in fall 2014 at the Yakima Campus. YVCC's NAC is a two-quarter program that will prepare students for a career as a nursing assistant. Deadline to register is September 15, 2014.

Course: Fall Quarter 2014 thru Winter Quarter 2015

Who: Individuals interested in a career as a Nursing Assistant. After completion of the training students will be eligible to test for the Nursing Assistant Certificate. 

Eligibility: All interested students will be CASAS tested at YVCC. We are looking for students who test at CASAS Levels: Reading-4, Writing-4 and Math-3. All interested students will have to pass two background checks.

Funding: Grant funding is available for eligible students.  ​

How to Register: Those interested in attending this course should schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Patricia Hernandez at 509.574.4733 / by September 15, 2014. For more information:

Aug 07
New Positions in the BAS Program

YVCC is pleased to announce new positions at Yakima Valley Community College

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of three employees for the college's new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Business Management Program.

christi_kitt.jpgChristi Kitt has been selected as the full-time Instructor for the BAS in Business Management Program. She is an alumna of YVCC and holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University and a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from City University. Kitt's most recent work experience includes marketing, property development, construction, and property management. In addition, she has been a part-time instructor for YVCC's Business Administration department for eight years. Over the last year Kitt was instrumental in the development and approval of the new BAS in Business Management Program.

joe_young.jpgJoe Young has been hired as the Program Coordinator for the BAS in Business Management Program. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Union College and a MBA in Business Management from Washington State University. Young has previous higher education experience. He served as the Worker Retraining Coordinator at Walla Walla Community College and adjunct professor at Rockford Career College in Rockford, Illinois. Young has a broad range of experience including public and private sectors, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and small business and corporate environments. Most recently he has worked as store manager for General Nutrition Center in Yakima.

luis_lopez.jpgLuis A. López has been appointed the Director of Baccalaureate of Applied Science Programs. He will oversee the new BASM program as well as research and develop new opportunities for additional Baccalaureate of Applied Science programs at YVCC. López, is an alumnus of YVCC and holds a BAS in Accounting from Central Washington University, a MSA in Accounting from University of Phoenix. López, along with Kitt, played key roles in bringing the new four year BAS in Business Management degree to YVCC. López has been a member of YVCC's Business Administration Advisory Committee for many years. He previously worked as Plant Controller for KapStone Container (formerly Longview Fibre) in Yakima, Controller for the City of Redmond, Oregon, and also as State Auditor for the Washington State Auditor's Office in Yakima. 

Aug 07
Accepting Applications for the BAS Degree in Business Management Program

Yakima, WA -- Yakima Valley Community College is excited to offer a new degree opportunity. Beginning in the fall of 2014, YVCC will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management. This program is designed for prospective students who have earned an associate's degree and need a pathway to pursue a bachelor's degree. YVCC's program combines lower-division technical and transfer courses with upper division credits in business management, resulting in an application-oriented, four-year degree. Designed with academic rigor, the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree will enable graduates to apply for admission into many university master's degree programs or enter the workforce.

YVCC's Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management caters to working adults. Classes meet in the evenings one time per week for two hours, and seats are available in Yakima and Grandview. Continued instruction and student interaction takes place online. Full-time students (those taking 15 credits per quarter) can finish the program in two years, once pre-requisites have been met. Currently courses are scheduled to be offered during the fall, winter and spring quarters. This program is also open for part-time enrollment. 

YVCC is now accepting applications. Classes will begin on September 22, 2014. Apply Today! Applications and information is available online at or contact 509.574.4772 / ​

Aug 05
YVCC hosts Truck Driving Training

Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Truck Driver Training from September 8, 2014-October 10, 2014. YVCC's Truck Driver Training course consists of a five week training program. Participants will experience both classroom and hands-on training, and have the opportunity to take the Washington State Class A and Class B CDL exam. The cost is $4,200 for Class A, or Class A and B; or $2,100 for Class B.

Courses are administered by Driver Training & Solutions, LLC. Driver Training & Solutions, LLC is a private CDL career training school that provides small class size, excellent instructors, quality instruction, and job placement assistance. For more information on the training program visit Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year on YVCC's Grandview Campus.​

How to Register: Those interested in attending this training course should schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Kayla Crawford at 509.574.4745 / by August 25, 2014.

Jul 24
Machining Technology Open House

Yakima Campus - On August 13, 2014 Yakima Valley Community College will host an Open House to showcase educational opportunities in machining technology. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the machining technology lab, meet with instructors, learn about careers available in the industry, and register for classes. The event will take place from 9:00am-2:00pm on YVCC's Yakima Campus in the Skills Center Room W212.

Machining Technology: YVCC's Machining Program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of manufacturing fields. Students learn the skills required to plan and carry out the operations needed to make aerospace machined products that meet precise specifications. The program covers blueprint reading, manual machining, computerized machining, meteorology, quality control, drawing, and 3-D modeling.

Degree Options:

Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Machining

Certificate Options:

Machining Technology
CNC Operator​

For more information about YVCC's Machining Technology Program visit or contact 509.574.6810 /

Jul 24
YVCC hosts Flagger Training

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Flagger Certification Training on August 21, 2014. YVCC's Flagger Training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. Participants will receive a study-guide, and have the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam. The training will be held from 8:00am-4:00pm in YVCC's Skills Center Building, Room W106. The cost is $45. Deadline to register is August 19th.

How to Register

      Step 1:  Visit YVCC's Registration Office and complete the Registration Form

      Step 2:  Pay the training fee at YVCC's Cashiering Office

      Step 3:  Bring a copy of your receipt to the training ​

One-day classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year on YVCC's Yakima Campus. For more information contact 509.574.4711 or

Jul 02
Spring 2014 Honor Roll

Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Spring Quarter 2014. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.

President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

YVCC-spring 2014 honor roll_presidents list.docx

Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included). ​

YVCC-spring 2014 honor roll_deans list.docx

Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVCC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVCC.

Jul 02
Spring Quarter 2014 Graduates

Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce graduates for Spring Quarter 2014. Included are the requirements for these degrees as well as the list of graduates and their degrees.

General Education Requirements: In order to meet general requirements, all candidates for degrees from Yakima Valley Community College must have:

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter credits; some professional/technical degrees require more.
  2. A cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or higher at YVCC.
  3. A minimum of 24 credits completed at YVCC.

General Education in Transfer Degrees: General education in transfer degrees introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge-the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The faculty has identified and adopted two fundamental abilities essential to lifelong learning that are assessed in courses across the degree.

  • Analytical Reasoning is the ability to consider an issue, idea, or concept systematically and assess the component parts and their application.
  • Communication includes the delivery and reception of ideas.

Six other abilities reflect skills and values which the faculty consider important to being an educated person. Historical perspective, research, aesthetic literacy, service learning, problem solving, and cross-cultural global perspective are practiced within various courses of the general education curriculum.

General Education Requirements for Applied Science: Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates (45+ credits)

In order to be awarded an applied science degree or certificate, students must complete courses covering three core competency distribution areas: computation, communication, and human relations. Specific courses are required that will fulfill these competencies. The curriculum in professional/technical areas is competency based and has been developed to meet industry-wide skills standards.​

YVCC-Graduate List_Spring 2014.docx

For more information about YVCC degrees and certificates visit

Jun 04
YVCC Celebrates 85th Commencement Ceremony

YVCC Celebrates 85th Commencement Ceremony on June 12, 2014

Yakima, WA-Yakima Valley Community College will host its 85th Commencement Ceremony on June12, 2014 at 7:00pm on Parker Field on the YVCC Yakima Campus. The graduating class of 2014 includes 902 students ranging in age 18 to 67. Thirty-four of the students are Veterans and 67 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an associate degree. The college will award a total of 1,005 degrees and certificates including transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees, and certificates.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen. The student commencement speech will be delivered by YVCC graduate Ms. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter. 

The college also honors faculty and outstanding community members with the following awards:

Emeritus Faculty Award:
Dr. Scott R. Peterson; retired YVCC Music Instructor and Director of Choral Activities
Sherrie and Daryl Parker Faculty Award:
Ms. Julie Swedin; YVCC English Instructor
Distinguished Service Award:
Mr. Gary Christensen; President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Powell-Christensen, Inc. in Grandview, Washington

The Yakima Valley Community College Foundation has the tradition of presenting two awards during the commencement ceremony:
Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching: Mr. Jerred Seveyka; YVCC Biology Instructor
Classified Employee of the Year: Ms. Donna Fulton; YVCC Program Assistant for the Dental Hygiene and Chemical Dependency programs.

 The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association will honor an alum. This year's award recipient is:
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Mr. Walt Bratton; Director of Parks, Recreation, and Economic Activities/Development for the city of Ruidoso, New Mexico​

YVCC commencement is open to the public. No admission is required. For additional details, including complete bios and photographs of the speakers and award recipients visit


May 21
YVCC hosts Information Sessions for Real Hope Act Students

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Real Hope Act Information Sessions on May 29, 2014. Sessions begin at 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm in YVCC's Deccio Higher Education Center Room C236.

Real Hope Act or HB1079 students may be eligible to receive financial aid to help pay for college. Eligible students are those who have graduated, are graduating from high school, or have earned a GED; have lived in Washington for three years prior to and while earning your diploma; and you have signed a promise to file an application to become a permanent resident. Eligible students can apply for aid through the Washington State Need Grant by completing a WASFA Application. In this session YVCC will provide general information about the WASFA and will also assist students in completing the application.

For help with the completion of the WASFA, please bring the following documents

  • 2013 tax return, including your parents unless you are over 26, married, or have children
  • Or W2 forms
  • ID​

For more information: 509-574-4714 / or 509-574-4965 /

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